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International Student Orientation is hosted jointly by the International House and International Student and Scholar Services to help you transition to the University of Tennessee and Knoxville community. There are required and optional programs for International Student Orientation but we suggest attending as many events as possible.

COVID-19 Orientation Updates

We have planned a hybrid orientation for Fall 2020 meaning we have some in-person options and some virtual options.Orientation events will be August 10, 2020 through August 23,2020. International students who are currently outside of the United States might be asked to do a 14 day self-isolation period upon arrival. We recommend that you plan to arrive early enough to complete this self-isolation before your first required event.

Below is a link to a full orientation schedule for Fall 2020:

Fall 2020 Orientation Brochure (1)

Required Orientation Events

All international students are required to attend an International Student Check-In Session. Please sign up for an ISSS orientation session.

In additional to this required event the International House plans a variety of events, trips, presentations, and airport pickups designed to help new international students settle into their new home in Knoxville, TN. Students are encouraged to participate in these educational and cultural programs that take place over a period of days, prior to the beginning of classes. Events include tours of the campus and library, shopping/grocery trips, and information sessions.

All new incoming international students are required to attend the International Student Conference. It will be hosted virtually this year on Friday, August 14th from 1 – 2 pm. You should have received an email with the Zoom information. If you did not please contact Amanda Tompkins at

Undergraduate international students are also required to attend the New Vols Experience orientation planned by New Student Orientation Office. Find more information and register for a New Vols session.